It’s pride month, babes! We should be supporting our friends in the LGBTQ+ community all year round. However, let’s honor them in an extra special way this year by focusing on the LGBTQ+ media stars who have paved the way for more acceptance in generations to come. Here are a few Instagram models and Twitter geniuses who made an impact on social media. We won’t forget about them this month or any other.
Desmond is Amazing
According to their Instagram, Desmond is a teen drag superstar and LGBTQ+ advocate, and he’s not even old enough to drink yet! Damn, dude. That’s next-level awesome. While we were all stuck in a classroom, he was writing a book called Be amazing. He has more than 150,000 followers on Instagram, which makes him a bona fide celebrity in the age of the internet. I love following him because he inspires me to bring my A-game to whatever look I’m rocking for the day. He makes me feel like I can celebrate being myself. That makes him an icon in my book.
Black Trans Travel Fund
I found out about this community on Instagram, and think it’s worth discussing here. The work they do to bring resources to black, trans women is SO important. Taking public transportation isn’t a safe option for a lot of people. Many women feel a lot safer taking a car directly to their transportation to reduce the chance of being harassed. The black trans travel fund helps the LGBTQ+ community by allowing trans women to access safe options for traveling. Get off your phone and pay a black trans woman!
LGBTQ+ babe Sofie Halili is a beauty and fashion influencer who is definitely worth a follow. Besides the incredibly gorgeous photos she takes, she offers tons of product recommendations to keep us all looking our best. We love her for that! Plus, she’s followed by Euphoria icon Hunter Schafer, so you know she’s making waves. I can’t wait to see what she does next!
We all know Michelle Visage from Ru Paul’s Drag Race, but do you follow her on Instagram? This LGBTQ+ ally did something amazing for pride month. She posted tons of different pride flags that represent the spectrum of sexuality and identity. I’m a queer woman, and I got to learn something new that I had never thought of before. Her posts made lots of people feel seen, heard, and listened to, which is what pride is all about. Everyone wants to feel like they belong to some sort of community, and Michelle Visage did the right thing by highlighting all of the forms that identity can take. Rock on.
Are you doing anything to celebrate pride month? You should! This can be an exciting, but also frustrating time for a lot of people. There are tons of parties happening to celebrate pride, but I know a lot of my friends in the LGBTQ+ community, myself included, often feel like the way corporations try and monetize this month is kind of icky. This month isn’t just about showing off your support for the LGBTQ+ community so that you can get likes on Instagram. It’s about showing support for a community that was overlooked for so long. Hopefully, these social media accounts will teach you something new so you can approach the world with more kindness, and acceptance.